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Can the World’s Most Promising Electric-Car Battery Be Saved? | Quartz

  • By
  • Steve LeVine,
  • New America Foundation
July 17, 2014 |
Over the last half-dozen years, a swarm of companies from around the world including General Motors has snapped up licenses for a lithium-ion electrode that promised to deliver the next big step in making electric cars competitive with conventional vehicles. The companies and outside researchers have worked feverishly to optimize the electrode, including an assault on a flaw that gravely undermined its performance.

Putting Teachers at the Center of Education Technology | Slate

  • By
  • Annie Murphy Paul,
  • New America Foundation
July 16, 2014 |
This great program needs only a TV and VCR—no iPads necessary.

Snowdenfreude | Foreign Policy

  • By
  • Shane Harris,
  • New America Foundation
July 16, 2014 |
An American crypto-company is making a killing off German anger about U.S. spying.

ISIL Has Added a Lucrative New Business Line in Iraq: Oil Smuggling | Quartz

  • By
  • Steve LeVine,
  • New America Foundation
July 10, 2014 |
ISIL, the business-minded Islamic army threatening Baghdad, has established a new flow of revenue since seizing a large swath of Iraq—an estimated $1 million-a-day oil smuggling business.

Yet Another al Qaeda Offshoot Is Proving Dangerously Effective, This Time in Somalia | Quartz

  • By
  • Steve LeVine,
  • New America Foundation
July 8, 2014 |
Al Shabaab, the brutal Islamic militia, today stormed and captured at least part of the presidential palace in the Somalian capital of Mogadishu, according to some reports. The lightning move, taken two days after a deadly attack by the group in Kenya, points to a new surge of Islamic extremism, carried out by a movement that has metastasized and wreaked havoc.

Is Your 401(k) Plan Ripping You Off? | Chicago Tribune

  • By
  • Anya Kamenetz,
  • New America Foundation
July 8, 2014 |
For most Americans, the employer-sponsored 401(k) account is their canteen in the desert -- truly essential to their retirement. Eighty percent of full time workers have access to these plans, and 88 million actually participate in them. The defined benefit pension has all but gone the way of the dodo; the defined contribution plan is the way of the future.

Libya Is Working With Rebels to Protect Tripoli’s Oil | Defense One

  • By
  • Steve LeVine,
  • New America Foundation
July 7, 2014 |
Oil prices declined again today as Libya said it is poised to resume crude exports after a deal struck last week between a local rebels and Tripoli. The country has millions of barrels cooped up in storage awaiting shipment, but to prevent a freefall of prices, Libya will only let out the oil gingerly.

When All Men Doubt You | Grantland

  • By
  • Louisa Thomas,
  • New America Foundation
July 7, 2014 |
When Roger Federer steps onto Centre Court for a Wimbledon men’s final, he has an aura he has earned but seems born with, a grace and superiority that seems a birthright. On Sunday, he seemed a throwback in so many ways. During the first set, he struck the ball with implacable grace. He skimmed the grass as he moved toward the net. He was patiently aggressive as he opened up the court. He had the regal air of a man who represents more than only himself, of a man at once standing on the court and sitting in the royal box. Yes, he is 32.

'So Sue Me': Why President Obama Is Embracing a Fight With Congress | NBC News

  • By
  • Perry Bacon,
  • New America Foundation
July 6, 2014 |
President Barack Obama has aggressively touted his use of executive authority over the last several months as he aims to cement his legacy and push his policies now and even beyond his presidency.

Big Data Comes to College | NPR

  • By
  • Anya Kamenetz,
  • New America Foundation
July 4, 2014 |
When students at Purdue University are reading their homework assignments, sometimes the assignments are reading them too.
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